JESUS AND LAW
31 March 2013
The main reason for this chapter is Islam's and Muslims' repeated claims that Jesus means the old Mosaic laws only, and that Christians sin when not living according to them. (One reason for this claim, is that the Mosaic laws were a bit closer to some of the harsh parts of the Quran's moral codes and somewhat closer to the hard parts of the sharia laws than the milder teaching of Jesus and his religion of love and "do to others like you want others do to you".) This in spite of that both the Bible and the Quran tell that he changed parts of the old law - a fact you never hear mentioned from Muslims. Most likely they do not know this, even though it is directly said in the Quran - most Muslims do not know the Quran too well, and the ones who know, mainly tell them what fit the pictures they want to paint of non-Muslims.
####01 3/50a: (Jesus has come to Earth partly to confirm some Mosaic laws, but also:) "And to make lawful to you part of what was (before) forbidden to you - - -." This is a good verse to know, because as some of the Mosaic laws are closer to the Quran than NT and its New Covenant (f.x. Luke 22/20), you meet Muslims throwing at you that Jesus (only) came to confirm the old laws, and consequently you have to mean this and this, etc. Or he/she throws at you some old Mosaic law, and you are bad not living up to it. Here is confirmed even in the Quran that Jesus lifted old laws - actually many of them, and even more of the ones the Jews had added later.
#####02 61/6e: “- - - (Jesus said that he came for*) confirming the Law (of Moses*) - - -.” What he according to the Bible said, was that he had not come to finish that law, but to fulfill the law and to save souls – which was not the same as he should only confirm the old laws or was prohibited from changing them or finish them.
######The Quran says in 3/50: "(I (Jesus*) have come to you) to attest the Law (of Moses*) which was before me. ####And to make lawful to you (people*) part of what was (before) forbidden to you - - -". According to this Jesus clearly had the power to change old laws - and he did so. 3/50 also makes it clear that this was one of his purposes.
The Quran says in 5/15: "- - - ####and passing over much (of the old laws and rules in the Bible*) (that is now unnecessary) - - -". A number of the old laws and rules were not necessary any more, and could be omitted or changed - which Jesus clearly did, both according to the Bible and to the Quran.
What he actually did according both to the Bible and to the Quran, was to change parts of the laws of Moses, and according to the Bible, he was making a new covenant between man and Yahweh which itself “de facto” changed or terminated many of those old laws – a covenant Muslims never mention. To find the essence of it, read about “the Last Supper” in the Bible. (There were at least 12 witnesses to that supper, and they told about it to many afterwards.) F.x. Luke 22/20.
But did he really change anything? He said (Matt. 22/37-39): "'Love the Lord your God (Yahweh*) with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind'. This is the first and the greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself'. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments". If this is the sum of the law, Jesus did not change it - he just adjusted or changed some details and strengthened the law.
This content was posted with assistance from M. A. Khan, the editor of islam-watch.org and the author of "Islam Jihad: A Legacy of Forced Conversion, Imperialism and Slavery" (available online)